SS-Ogruf.v.d.Bach-Zelewski - German Cross in gold

Lot 27-0003
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Auction ended: December 2, 2017
Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899 - 1972) was a high-ranking Waffen-SS commander in the rank of a SS-Obergruppenführer. He is infamous for leading the brutal suppression of the Warsaw Uprising During in 1944. Von dem Bach-Zelewski Despite was also in charge of the anti partisan campaigns (Bandenbekämpfung) during WWII. His responsibility for numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, Bach-Zelewski did not stand trial in Nuremberg, and instead was used as a witness for the prosecution. He was later convicted for politically motivated murders after the war and died in prison in 1972. All items to von dem Bach-Zelewski listed in this auction came straight from his daughter about one year ago. It was now consigned for auction by the collector who purchased his grouping from his daughter. All items are available for the first time on the market.
Personal German Cross in gold with screw-back setup manufactured by Juncker, Berlin. Extremely rare private purchased type. Only available for purchase and never awarded by the Wehrmacht like this. This must be one of several German Crosses he had. 
Missing screw-back. Back-plate with pin and four rivets. Veery nice gilding to the wreath. Swastika with damage to the enamel.
Overall nice patina.
Weight: 44,9gr.
The cross is shown on many period time photos of Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski.

(SS-Ogruf.v.d.Bach-Zelewski - Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (Juncker) an Schraubscheibe )

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